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Abdelrahman Othman is curator for the National Museum of Egyptian Civilization in Cairo. He was recently named best curator in Egypt for 2018. For years he’s been spreading history and culture to those who visit the museum. On top of curating he’s also found a way to bring the invaluable museum tour experience into classrooms via Skype. He was kind enough to answer a few questions for us about his background, the museum, and how he’s using Skype in the Classroom to share history with students around the world.
Tell us a little bit about your background and the work you do.
My name is Abdelrahman Othman, curator for the National Museum of Egyptian Civilization and director of the Department of Community Outreach. The museum’s goal is to build bridges between the museum itself and local and international communities through museum activities, and to use cultural best practices to create a successful learning environment, to which museums contribute significantly.
On top of that, I’m project manager of an initiative called “My Museum in Your Classroom” working with other museum curators who also offer virtual tours in their museums. Our aim to provide educational activities around Egyptian museums, Egyptian archaeological sites, and educational institutions in and outside Egypt, removing borders and obstacles for education. We use Skype in the Classroom for this project.
What is your favorite aspect of connecting with classrooms over Skype?
My favorite part of this work is communicating with Egyptian and international educational institutions, where I feel like I’m a complement to a teacher’s role within the classroom. I can make an impact on the lives of students. Through the museum I can change some of the perceptions students have and provide them with valuable new information, which might even affect the way they learn.
In what way do you see your work having an impact the world?
Of course, the nature of my work can be very important to Egyptian culture both in the near term and in the long run. Through my work as director of the Department of Community Outreach, I can offer museum-goers and students alike unique insights into the Egyptian civilization spanning many historical periods—and with Skype I can bring museum experiences to anyone in the world at little cost.
On a Skype call, I can bring Egyptian history into your classroom, wherever you are, and this experience is trending in classrooms all over of the world. Even students in small villages who are studying Egypt within their curriculum can have this experience. And if, for any variety of reasons, these students cannot go to Egypt to see what they are studying, I can be that link for them, in an entertaining way.
Where did you get the idea to use Skype in your line of work?
The idea to use Skype for tours began when I joined Skype in the Classroom. I could create a virtual tour for anyone’s use within this application since it’s such a high quality virtual communication tool.
Skype allows me to create virtual tours of the halls of the museum and bring these halls to an endless number of educational institutions around the world. Additionally, this helps with marketing and promoting the museum as well as archaeological sites.
In fact, I didn’t know the importance of this wonderful application until I subscribed to the Microsoft Educator Community. It gave me the opportunity to communicate with educational institutions in and outside Egypt in a simple and easy way—without the technical difficulties that often hinder communication tools. Now that I do all my virtual tours of the museum through Skype, I feel like it’s become part of my life!
We see from your photos that you are using the latest mobile version of Skype. What features do you enjoy?
I like the image and file sharing feature. Classrooms are always asking for pictures from our virtual tours. I take snapshots during the walking tours, and I can share them with the class. The Gallery feature also makes finding the images simple and easy.
What do students around the world enjoy most about your tours?
They love seeing and recognizing elements from the Egyptian civilization they’ve studied, all the artifacts and eras. They can see the pyramids, Tutankhamun, the tomb of Ramses II, the royal mummies, and Amro Abnelass Mosque—and a lot of the Egyptian museums!
Where can people learn more about what you are doing at the National Museum of Egyptian Civilization?
Microsoft offers a window into our program with Skype in the Classroom, where one can publish tours and promote them through a large database featuring millions of users from more than 145 countries around the world. You can coordinate between educators and guest speakers via the contact details they provide. This coordination ultimately helps educational tours like ours succeed.
The four largest museums in Egypt participate in this project—the National Museum for Egyptian Civilization, Egyptian Museum of Liberation, Coptic Museum, and Museum of Islamic Art (and recently the Sadat Museum, which is part of the Library of Alexandria, joined the initiative). Each museum has an activity page that tells briefly about their history (the speakers for these museums are fully accredited), and we have made virtual tours for each museum, so people can experience this project fully. We have found it’s greatly popular both in and outside Egypt.
We love hearing how you use Skype technology to spread culture and enhance knowledge and understanding. Tell us your story by tagging @Skype on social media—and we might even feature you.
Educators: Request a virtual visit to one of our partner museums from around the world to delve into stories about the museum’s collections and uncover history.
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Skype add-ins help you get more done inside a group chat. From keeping your contacts up on the latest news, to organizing a night out, or deciding on a recipe for dinner—Skype add-ins help you manage busy schedules. In addition, two new add-ins for Skype—TripAdvisor and StubHub—let you plan adventures and outings all within your group chats.
Add-ins for Skype are easy to use—just tap the Add to chat button and select the add-in.
To share information to a group chat, tap the arrow displayed on the lower-right side of the add-in card and then tap the Send button. Everyone in the chat will be able to open the card and view more details.
Here are just a few ways add-ins for Skype keep you moving while on the go.
News—Be the first to share trending stories to a group chat with the News add-in. You can even filter by topics such as Entertainment, Sports, Lifestyle, Business, and Health to send top stories of your favorite news to your contacts. When you see a story you want to share, just tap the arrow and then tap Send. Contacts in your group chat can tap the News card to read the full story.
Bing Movies—Two Bing add-ins—Bing Movies and Bing Restaurants—let you seamlessly plan a dinner and movie with friends in a group chat. Use the Bing Movies add-in to search for current movies showing in your area—you can even filter by Genre. Once you find a movie, tap the arrow and then tap Send. Everyone in the chat will be able to open the card to see where the movie is showing, upcoming showtimes, and even purchase tickets using Fandango.
Bing Restaurants—With Bing Restaurants you can search for restaurants nearby or close to your event. Select Bing Restaurants, tap Map, and then navigate to your desired location. Further refine your search by tapping filters—such as Cuisine, Top Rated, and Open Late. Once you have set your preferences, just tap List to see all the restaurants matching your criteria. When you have decided on an option, tap the arrow and then tap Send. All the contacts in the chat can open the card and see additional information—including menus and reviews. They can even tap Call to make a reservation or tap Directions if needed.
Poll—Can’t decide on a restaurant or movie? Send out a quick poll for the group to vote on their top pick. Just tap the Poll add-in, enter a title, add the polling options, and then tap Create Poll. When your recipients open the poll, all they need to do is tap their preference and then tap Submit Vote.
Tenor—When you just want to have a little fun—add your own caption to a top trending GIF with the Tenor add-in. Just select the Tenor add-in, tap the GIF you want to send, and then add your own caption before sending to your group chat.
TripAdvisor and StubHub—Planning a weekend getaway or concert with friends is easy with two new add-ins for Skype—TripAdvisor and StubHub. Make travel plans or get tickets to an event without leaving your group chat! Read our recent blog post to learn more about how to use the TripAdvisor and StubHub add-ins to organize your next adventure with friends or family.
Try out these Skype add-ins—they’re a great way to get everyone involved and ready for new adventures. Skype add-ins are available on the latest versions of Skype for mobile and desktop, and will be coming soon to Skype for Windows 10. Visit Skype to learn more, or for quick answers, see our FAQs. And as always, please join us in the Skype Community.
People know Matt Dallas and Blue Hamilton for a lot of things. Matt for being the face of the hit show Kyle XY. Blue for going from music executive to musician. The duo is now traveling the globe, sharing out dad moments, and working toward a single goal wherever they go. That goal? As their son says (or sings) at the start of their videos—peace to the world. But you’ll know them as the reason you went on an adventure of your own this summer.
That’s because they’ve arrived in Nashville, Tennessee—a.k.a. the Music City. Where white jackets, black trims, sweet serenades, and the bright lights of the Grand Ole Opry fill the nights. And where horseback rides through rolling hills under endless skies fill the days. If that sounds like an overly romantic description to you, come along for a ride to see it’s not.
In one of the pair’s longest videos, they made room for all the must-sees and must-tastes of Tennessee. They went way beyond the honkytonks. From a feast of slow-roasted, southern barbecue to a tour of a 350-acre organic farm. You’ll see some great views. Meet some great horses. And get pressured into adding a 10-gallon hat into your wardrobe rotation.
The downside of a summer adventure like this one? Loved ones might not be able to come with. Matt and Blue had the same concern. So they ended up using Skype to make sure friends and family didn’t miss out. Are you starting to think that summer vacation shouldn’t just be for kids? Then saddle up and see what makes Nashville an iconic place by watching Matt and Blue’s video of their road trip to Nashville. And then follow them on Instagram and Twitter to see all the “Insta-worthy” moments from their trip or to say hello.
You can also watch a new YouTube of Matt and Blue’s adventures every Tuesday.
Ivana Kovačević at an awards ceremony at The Gymnasium of Karlovci, Serbia.
For almost 50 years, Serbian primary school Dr Dragan Hercog has worked with students who have developmental disabilities. Helping reach these students for almost a decade is Microsoft Innovative Educator Expert and Skype Master Teacher Ivana Kovačević, through a program called the Distance Learning Project. It’s part of a broader effort to improve education for Serbian students with disabilities, and it has the support of the Ministry of Education.
To successfully prepare students with special needs for exams, and for the possibility of continuing education, teachers at Dr Dragan Hercog participate in the Distance Learning Project by crafting electronic materials—lessons, tasks, and tests. Then they meet the students where they are, holding classes in hospitals, students’ homes, as well as organizing tutelage via Skype.
“Skype, in combination with other educational materials, like educational platforms, is a good way for learning in every kind of situation,” says Ivana. “In my classes, I use Microsoft AutoCollage, Microsoft Photosynth, Windows Live Writer, Photo Story, and Sway in combination with Skype.”
A platform Ivana started to support the Distance Learning Project is Final Exam. This platform helps students prepare for their primary school final exam by strengthening their skills in both mathematics and the Serbian language. She received assistance from the Mathematical Society of Serbia, and when she tests students, she often uses Skype screen sharing to offer guidance when needed.
“The goal is to support students with disabilities in learning all subjects during all eight years of primary school, and prepare them for the final exam via Skype,” says Ivana. “Another long-term and wider goal is to successfully involve persons with disabilities in the education system and/or a social and business environment.”
Preparing the writers of tomorrow
To further help the students of Dr Dragan Hercog achieve a successful, rounded education, Ivana also started a literary club. For this club, too, she relies on Skype to enhance her students’ experience. “Every day during the school year, my students and I collaborate via Skype. Skype is our place for learning,” Ivana says.
Since 2008, the club’s main project has been to collect literary works written by the school’s students. Almost 50 of them have participated in the club, and they have written to date nearly 90 articles. The school promotes this collection of literary works—as well as the Children’s Cultural Center of Belgrade. Dr Dragan Hercog students attend these promotions on a Skype video call. “The students present themselves and share their impressions of the literary club and the collection of works,” says Ivana. “They talk about the club, writing, and friendship via Skype. They are all real writers!”
Virtual field trips with Skype
Another aspect of a rounded education that Skype enhances are what Ivana calls “method excursions.” “These excursions in teaching practice are proven to be effective,” she says, “because teaching language and literature cannot be reduced only to book learning.” But many of her students are in hospitals and homes and cannot physically go on method excursions.
Here, too, Ivana and her students rely on Skype for lessons and excursions—or virtual field trips. “Microsoft’s Skype in the Classroom platform allows me to plan virtual journeys with my students that are meaningful, instructive, and interesting,” says Ivana. Their first virtual trip was to the National Museum in Niš. The curator told them about Constantine the Great and showed them bronze coins from the 4th century. “The aim of the trip was to write news, reports, essays, and stories about the trip,” she continues. “Our school principal Zoran Aleksić and English teacher Tijana Radisavljević provided great support.”
Skype is the bridge
The students of Dr Dragan Hercog also went on a virtual field trip while studying Nobel Prize–winning author Ivo Andric, whose story “The Bridge on the Žepa” they had read, studied, and discussed. “Students showed a joint presentation that was done for homework, via Skype as usual. The presentation was made in the form of posters using Microsoft AutoCollage (students previously became familiar with the program); they were collages of bridge pictures, student associations, information about the author, his work, etc.” says Ivana.
After studying the author, becoming familiar with his life and work, and sharing their knowledge, it was time for them to take their virtual field trip and make the experience come to life. “I made a Photosynth presentation when I was in Višegrad, on the bridge that inspired our writer to write the great novel The Bridge on the Drina, and the story ‘The Bridge on the Žepa’,” Ivana continues. “We talked about the story, its protagonists, the bridge, the destinies of the characters, the symbols, the beauty, the work as art, the meaning of life. Every feature of the bridge has its special symbolism. Bridges connect landscape and people. For us, Skype is the very bridge!”
The aim of Ivana’s work is to help students overcome barriers—students who, due to disabilities and distance, cannot attend classes. She helps provide a high-quality, stimulating, virtual classroom environment in which they can acquire new skills—and be encouraged by the possibility of a smooth transition into continuing their education.
“For our students, Skype is the only solution that makes sense!” Ivana concludes.
We love to hear how you use Skype to help others achieve. Tag us @Skype on social media to tell your story—and we might feature you.
Educators: Break down the walls of your classroom and connect your students to the world with Skype in the Classroom.
Parents: Ask your school to get involved with Skype in the Classroom, so your kids can experience the world live from their classrooms.
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Because gaming’s changing the world, we launched the Trivia with Fangs Skype bot, which is changing the game. The Skype team partnered with pro-gamer Jesse Fangs to create the Trivia with Fangs bot that lets you in on the gaming action from your phone or device. Brush up on how this massive industry got to where it is or find out how much you already know about it. Along the way, get a chance at winning an Xbox One S—not to mention all the bragging rights that are at stake as well.
Add the Trivia with Fangs Skype bot to your contacts today.
Jesse Fangs, also known as the Queen of FIFA, can be found producing gaming videos adored by millions around the world on YouTube, live streaming exhilarating gameplay on Twitch, or connecting with fans on Instagram and Twitter.
Today, she’s sharing fun facts of her own you won’t find anywhere else and guiding you through the iconic eras of gaming history—from the crux of the arcades to gaming in the modern day—with these three trivia challenges:
- ’80s: the foundation
- ’90s: the revolution
- 2000s and beyond: the final level
Recall and relive your favorite gaming memories and get pumped up for the new gaming experiences that are ahead.
Ready? Game on!
*For terms and conditions, please see the Trivia Challenge Contest rules.
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We have an exciting few days ahead as this weekend the Skype team will receive the Emmy® Award for Technology & Engineering at the ceremony in Las Vegas.
With Emmy in hand, you’ll find us at the NAB Show from April 9–12, in Booth SL6716, where we will announce our next innovation for Skype—which will put content creation at the heart of the Skype for Desktop app.
Now in preview, Skype for Content Creators is designed to open new interactive possibilities for our users all over the world—including leading digital broadcasters, streamers, and vloggers—to record videos, podcasts, and live streaming calls without having to invest in expensive studio equipment.
With Skype for Content Creators, Windows 7, 8, 8.1, and Mac users will be able to select the Content Creators mode to place and record calls directly within NewTek NDI®–enabled software such as:
Once the call is recorded, content can be easily imported into apps such as Adobe Premier Pro and Adobe Audition for editing. In addition, users can customize the look and feel of the call—so they can be part of a live show ready for streaming to audiences of all sizes.
There’s no need for additional recording or screen capture solutions. Skype will provide clean feeds of all group video call participants to your choice of NewTek NDI®–enabled software, dramatically simplifying the process of using Skype within collaborative content.
Skype now unlocks the content from within the Skype for Desktop app, making it easier than ever to use the audio and video to create collaborative, engaging content with as little as two steps from setting up the call to livestreaming your call to a platform of your choice.
For more information and demonstrations of Skype for Content Creators, please visit us at NAB in Las Vegas April 9–12 (Booth SL6716). We look forward to seeing you there!
Skype for Content Creators will be generally available this summer for Windows 7, 8, 8.1, and Mac users, with Windows 10 to follow. Your input will help shape the future of this feature. To provide feedback, please visit the Skype Community.
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Your polished resume and stellar portfolio have landed you a Skype video interview with your potential boss. With the right preparation, you can make great impression over Skype video. And if you’re a developer, Skype Interviews has you covered. You can even add a Contact me button to your email signature, which allows potential employers to call you directly from email.
Set yourself up to make a great first impression
Ahead of your Skype video interview, you will want to prep your surroundings, make sure your Skype profile represents your professional personality, and get Skype ready for the video call.
Check your background surroundings—Look at your surroundings and make sure your background isn’t a distraction—check for wall clutter or bright lights behind you. For the best video quality, use a light-colored background. Also, make sure your space will be quiet during the call.
Create a professional Skype profile—Take a look at your Skype profile and make sure your user name matches the name on your resume (or a shortened nickname) and consider uploading a profile picture. Use the Mood feature to convey your professional status, such as current job title.
Get ready for the call—Make sure to close any programs not needed for the interview. Open applications, including a web browser, can eat up bandwidth and reduce the quality of the video call. Have links to your resume and portfolio ready to drop into the Skype chat window. Right before your video call begins, set your status to Do not disturb, so you don’t get any IMs or calls.
Test your technical settings
You need to make sure your Skype settings will allow you to receive the video call from the interviewer as well as check that your audio and video are working properly. You can do these tasks from the Skype Options window by selecting Tools > Options.
Check your Skype privacy settings—Since it is likely that the person interviewing you isn’t one of your current contacts, you need to make sure you can receive their call and IMs. In the Options window, click Privacy and under Privacy settings, select the anyone radio button for all options:
Check your audio and video settings—Next, you will want to ensure your audio and video are working properly. To check your audio, in the Options window, click General and then Audio settings. Click Make free test call to verify that you can hear the caller and the caller can hear you. During your test call, confirm that you have a strong internet connection. If Skype detects a weak connection, it will reduce the quality of the video call to try to stop the call from dropping altogether.
Next, click Video settings and confirm you can see the video stream. Note you can click Webcam settings and make refinements, such as adjusting the brightness, to fit your background environment. Visit Skype support to learn more.
Technical interviews for developers—we’ve got you covered
Last summer, Skype introduced Skype Interviews, which supports a video call with an integrated code editor.
Software engineers can compile and run code right from a Skype video call during a coding interview. Skype Interviews is easy to set up—no download required. Read “Skype Interviews connects software engineers with mentors—regardless of distance” to learn more.
Pro tip—add a Contact me button to your email signature
Take your email signature to the next level with the Contact me button—a link or image that when clicked calls you on Skype. Start by visiting Skype contact me button to get a Skype icon image and copy/paste it into a document. Or you can type text, such as Call me on Skype. Next, select the Skype image or text, right-click, and select Link. Where you would enter a web address, enter skype: followed by your Skype name (e.g., skype:Julie.Robbins). Just add the link or image to your email signature, and when the recipient clicks it, a call will be placed to your Skype.
More tips to ace your interview
We have put together an infographic with more tips to ace your interview. You can download it to your desktop to keep as a handy reference.
To learn more about Skype video calling, read “How to have a great Skype call” and “Call quality guide for Windows desktop.” Let us know what you think by clicking your profile picture and selecting Help and feedback. And as always, please join us in the Skype Community.
One of the unique features of Skype Interviews is the real-time code editor, which allows the interviewer to assess a candidate’s ability to code without the use of any third-party applications—dramatically improving their shared coding experience. As a direct result of your feedback, we’ve added a digital whiteboard that allows the interviewer and candidate to illustrate diagrams, visualize problems, and showcase scenarios.
Now when you launch Skype Interviews, the whiteboard icon will light up in the sidebar. Simply click it to display the wide range of editor tools that are available. The whiteboard displays the cursor movements of both participants, allowing you to follow each other’s train of thought much better.
Whiteboard editor tools
The digital whiteboard offers a wide range of tools you can use to sketch out complex scenarios, showcase flows, and save the final whiteboard so you can access it again. Here are just a few tools you will see when you launch the whiteboard:
Pencil tool—Use the pencil to sketch out a more complex scenario or setting. You can change the stroke width and color using the property configuration buttons in the center of the tool bar.
Shape tools—If you want to illustrate a diagram to showcase a flow in a scenario, then we’ve got you covered with our rectangle, circle, and line tools. Make sure to also label the objects using our text tool, which will allow you to freely write any text in a given area.
Archive whiteboard—At the end of the interview session, you can save a copy of the whiteboard and archive it for future reference. The saved SVG file can be opened on both Window and Mac computers.
The real-time digital whiteboard makes interviews overall a more collaborative experience—one where the participants will able to visualize their thoughts and ideas, and read back key takeaways after the fact. Our goal to make Skype Interviews the universally accepted tool for all video call interviews—regardless of distance, technical, or non-technical—pushed us to innovate further. Since Skype Interviews is still in preview, it’s critical we continue to hear from you. Your input will help shape the future of this feature. To provide feedback, go to Skype.com/interviews and click Send feedback.
Start your interview today with Skype Interviews!
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With Skype now available across all your devices, you can seamlessly move from the web, desktop, and mobile to pick up a chat right where you left off. Skype chat also comes with some handy features to get your messages seen and keep you on top of your chats.
Make sure important messages are seen
In a Skype chat there are several ways you can call attention to important messages by surrounding a word or phrase with special characters:
- Bold—Surround your word or phrase with *asterisks* to add a bold emphasis.
- Italics—Use _underscores_ to format your word or phrase in italics.
- Strikethrough—A pair of ~tildes~ will strike out a word or phrase.
You can also start a message with two exclamation points (!!) followed by a space to convert the font to monospace and give your message an old-school, typewriter look.
Use parentheses to turn text into an emoticon—such as (smile) (think) (happy)—without having to open the emoticon picker. We even put together a list of Skype emoticons—including hidden ones like (confidential)—which you can explore to expand your pallet of expressions.
For those times you need to bubble up a message and directly respond, right-click or tap a message and select or tap Quote. The message is automatically added to the bottom of the chat with the person’s name and a time stamp from when the message was sent. Just type your response and it will be sent along with the quoted message.
Alternatively, you can right-click or tap a message and select or tap Copy and then Paste at the bottom of your chat without any of the information included when you select the Quote option. Also note that when you copy/paste a message, any special formatting is not carried over.
Stay on top of your conversations
At times a chat can get lengthy—especially if it is a group chat with lots of people chiming in—making it hard to keep up. Other times, you may find that you have sent a message with an error that could change its meaning—like telling somebody you will meet them at 2 p.m. instead of 3 p.m. Thankfully, with Skype you can see who is interacting with the chat and quickly update a message you sent. You can also forward a message to selected contacts or remove a message you no longer want to be part of the conversation.
If you happen to hit send before giving your message a final glance—and you realize you have made a mistake—you can right-click or tap on the chat bubble and click or tap Edit. Just make the change and send—the message will be updated and will now include a pencil icon indicating the message was edited.
You can always see a list of people who have reacted to a message in the conversation—just click the notifications icon at the top of the Skype window to display all your new message reactions.
You can also forward on a message to people who are not in the chat but need the information. Simply right-click or tap the message and click or tap Forward. Next, search and select your contacts who you want to forward message to and then click or tap Send. You can also select Remove and delete a message from the conversation. (You will be given one last chance to change your mind before the message is permanently removed.)
For more ways to interact with your chats, read “How to quickly find shared content in a chat.”
Join the Skype community
Visit Skype.com and get Skype on all your devices, and then join us in the Skype Community. You can also get help and send us feedback by clicking your profile picture and selecting Help and feedback. To learn more, check out our FAQs.
A 94-year-old resident at Popham Court in Wellington, Olive moved into her care home around four years ago following a decline in mobility. Due to her health, Olive found she was not able to get out and about as much as she would have liked, and now looks forward to regular visits from her daughters. And when her grandson announced he was engaged and had set a wedding date, Olive looked forward to that too.
Keen for Olive to be involved in the wedding, her family approached the Somerset Care staff at her home about the possibility of using Skype on the day of the big event. The staff, as well as other residents, emphatically agreed they would do everything they could to make that day special for her.
When the day came, staff pampered Olive. Dressed in a new outfit complete with a corsage, she beamed with happiness and could hardly believe her luck when her grandson surprised her with a visit on his way to the wedding venue! Prosecco was poured and wisdom imparted—and Olive was thrilled. After lunch, she and several other residents, excited staff, and Somerset Care Technologist Elizabeth Kirkpatrick gathered around a large computer monitor ready to accept an incoming Skype call.
“The message was sent that Olive was ready, and everyone waited on tenterhooks for the Skype call to begin. As the home answered the call, Olive was greeted with the arrival of the beautiful bride and bridesmaids,” says Elizabeth. They muted the microphone while the ceremony progressed, so Olive and her friends could “ooh” and “aah” to their heart’s content.
The Skype call lasted the duration of the ceremony and the signing of the register. The registrar even gave Olive a special mention, much to her increasing delight. But the ultimate highlight for her was actually being able to chat with the newlyweds as they signed the register. It brought tears of joy to her eyes, as well as to those around her.
“After the ceremony, more prosecco was poured and everyone was able to enjoy their very own wedding cake replica made by one of Olive’s daughters,” says Elizabeth. “Olive was overwhelmed with the sense of happiness and love on the day of her grandson’s wedding. This is something she’s carried with her and still talks about with a smile.”
We love hearing how you use Skype to make big days even bigger. To share your story, just tag us @Skype on social media, and we might feature you.
*Images courtesy of Somerset Care.
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